List of people named William

William is a masculine given name which may refer to:



  • William Longsword (r. 927–942), second duke of Normandy
  • William I of England (1027–1087), a.k.a. William the Conqueror or William the Bastard
  • William II of England (1056–1100), a.k.a. William Rufus
  • William I of Scotland (c. 1142–1214), a.k.a. William the Lion
  • William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke (1146/7-1219), Anglo-Norman soldier and statesman
  • William IX, Count of Poitiers (1153–1156), first son of Henry II of England
  • William III of England (1650–1702), also William II of Scotland, a.k.a. William of Orange
  • William IV of the United Kingdom (1765–1837), King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and King of Hanover from 26 June 1830 until his death
  • Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (born 1982), formerly Prince William of Wales, son of Charles, Prince of Wales


  • William I, Count of Holland (1167–1222), Count of Holland
  • William II of Holland (1228–1256), also King of Germany
  • William I, Prince of Orange (1533–1584), a.k.a. William the Silent
  • William II, Prince of Orange (1626–1650), stadtholder of the United Provinces of the Netherlands
  • William III of Orange (1650–1702), also William III of England and William II of Scotland
  • William I of the Netherlands (1772–1843), Prince of Orange and the first King of the Netherlands and Grand Duke of Luxembourg
  • William II of the Netherlands (1792–1849), King of the Netherlands, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and Duke of Limburg
  • William III of the Netherlands (1817–1890), King of the Netherlands, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and Duke of Limburg
  • William IV, Prince of Orange (1711–1751), first hereditary Stadtholder of all the United Provinces
  • William V, Prince of Orange (1748–1806), last Stadtholder of the Dutch Republic


  • William of Gellone (c.755–814), Count of Toulouse, canonized a saint


  • William I, German Emperor, (1797–1888), Emperor of Germany and King of Prussia
  • Wilhelm II, German Emperor (1859–1941), Emperor of Germany and King of Prussia


  • William I of Sicily (1131–1166), a.k.a. William the Bad or William the Wicked
  • William II of Sicily (1155–1189), a.k.a. William the Good
  • William III of Sicily (1190–1198), last Norman King of Sicily, reigning briefly for ten months in 1194


  • William I of Bimbia, 19th-century king of the Isubu people
  • William II of Bimbia (died 1882), king of the Isubu people


  • William II of Villehardouin (died 1278), Prince of Achaea
  • William of Werle (died 1436/94-1436), Lord of Werle-Güstrow
  • William IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (1852–1912)
  • William, Prince of Albania (1876–1945), from March to September 1914

Pre-modern era commoners


  • William (bishop of the Isles) (died 1095), bishop of what later became the Diocese of the Isles
  • William de Corbeil (c. 1070–1136), Archbishop of Canterbury
  • William of Malmesbury (died 1143), English historian and monk
  • William of Tyre (c. 1130–1185), Archbishop of Tyre, chronicler of the Crusades
  • William of Norwich (c. 1132–1144), saint and martyr
  • William of York (died 1154), Archbishop of York and saint
  • William (bishop of Moray) (died 1162), Roman Catholic bishop in Scotland
  • William of Ramsey (fl. 1219), English monk and hagiographer
  • William (bishop of Dunblane) (died early 1290s), Tironensian abbot and bishop in the Kingdom of Scotland
  • William Wallace (c.  1270–1305), Scottish general and one of the main leaders during the Wars of Scottish Independence
  • William of Ockham (1287–1347), English friar and philosopher, originator of Occam's Razor
  • William of Wykeham (1320–1404), Bishop of Winchester, founder of Winchester College and New College, Oxford
  • William Caxton (c. 1422–c. 1491), English merchant, diplomat and writer, thought to be the first person to introduce a printing press into England


  • William of Poitiers (c. 1020–1090), Norman chronicler, chaplain to William the Conqueror
  • William de St-Calais (died 1096), Norman abbot, Bishop of Durham
  • William (bishop of Orange) (died 1098), took part in the First Crusade
  • William of Champeaux (1070–1121), French philosopher and theologian
  • William of Conches (c. 1090–c. 1154), French scholastic philosopher, tutor of Henry II of England
  • William of Donjeon (c. 1155–1209), a.k.a. St. William of Bourges and St. William the Confessor, French archbishop
  • William the Clerk (fl. c. 1200–c. 1240), Old French poet, writer of the Roman de Fergus
  • William the Clerk of Normandy (fl. 1210/1211–1227/1238), Norman cleric and Old French poet
  • William of Auxerre (died 1231), French theologian


  • William (marcha orientalis) (died 871), Margrave of the March of Pannonia, part of the Carolingian Empire
  • William (archbishop of Mainz) (929–968), German bishop, son of Emperor Otto the Great
  • William of St-Thierry (died 1148), theologian and mystic, abbot of St. Thierry
  • William of Moerbeke (1215–1286), Flemish bishop, translator of philosophical, medical, and scientific texts

Modern era

  • William Jennings Bryan (1860–1925), American orator and politician
  • Bill Clinton (born 1946), 42nd president of the United States
  • William J. Donovan (1883–1959), American soldier, lawyer, intelligence officer and diplomat
  • William Douglas (disambiguation)
  • William Faulkner (1897–1962), American writer
  • Bill Gates (born 1955), American business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist, humanitarian and programmer
  • William Harrison (disambiguation)
  • William Randolph Hearst Sr. (1863–1951), American businessman, newspaper publisher and politician
  • William Holden (1918–1981), American actor
  • William McKinley (1843–1901), 25th president of the United States
  • William Ephraim Mikell (1868–1944), American Dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham or William Pitt the Elder (1708–1778), British statesman and prime minister
  • William Pitt the Younger (1759–1806), British statesman and prime minister
  • William Shakespeare (1564–1616), English poet, playwright and actor
  • William Howard Taft (1857–1930), 27th president of the United States (1909–1913) and tenth chief justice of the United States
  • William Wilberforce (1759–1833), British politician, philanthropist and abolitionist
  • William Wordsworth (1770–1850), English poet
  • W. B. Yeats (1865–1939), Irish poet
  • W. A. Fry (1872—1944), Canadian sport administrator and newspaper publisher

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